Donation received from the Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre for further work in Lumbini
(28 September 2017)
During the recent AHRC-GCRF-sponsored 'Heritage at Risk 2017: Pathways to the Protection and Rehabilitation of Cultural Heritage in South Asia ' Workshop in Kathmandu with partners Department of Archaeology (Government of Nepal), UNESCO (Kathmandu) and ICOMOS (Nepal), we benefitted from presentations from an extremely diverse range of heritage stakeholders from across South Asia. These included presentations from two members of the Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre in Lumbini's Sacred Garden. Venerable Vivekananda on the topic 'Environmental Issues and Protection in Lumbini' and Venerable Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika on 'Pathways to the Protection of Sacred Heritage'.
As significant stakeholders in the preservation of the intangible values of Lumbini and the Greater Lumbini Area, Venerable Vivekananda and Venerable Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika have been closely involved in the co-design and co-production of the Government of Nepal and Japanese-Funds-in-Trust-for-UNESCO-sponsored project 'Strengthening Conservation and Management of Lumbini, the Birthplace of the Lord Buddha, World Heritage Property” and its two phases in Lumbini and Tilaurakot since 2010.
In the presence of Venerable Nigrodha (Siddhartha Maharjan), Vice Chairman of the Lumbini Development Trust, on the final day of the 'Heritage at Risk 2017' Workshop in Kathmandu, Venerable Vivekananda and Venerable Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika made a very generous donation of $3,000 on behalf of the Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre to continue the invaluable archaeological research, excavation, conservation and preservation of ancient Buddhist sites in Nepal’s western Terai. We are extremely grateful to Venerable Vivekananda, Venerable Sayalay Daw Bhaddamanika and the Panditarama Lumbini International Vipassana Meditation Centre for their generosity and commitment to support our work for the benefit of all the pilgrims, visitors, communities and stakeholders within the Greater Lumbini Area.